During the three conference days 12-14 September there will be six key note sessions, grouped with two sessions per day.

Monday 12 September: 9:00-11:00
Tuesday 13 September: 16:00-18:00
Wednesday 14 September: 9:00-11:00

Monday 12 September 2022

1 9:00-10:00 Geospatial Excellence for a Better Living - Digitalisation and Modern Surveying and Cadastre in a Post-Covid19 Era
2 10:00-11:00 Urban Rural Partnership

Tuesday 13 September 2022

3 16:00-17:00 Land Governance in Support of the 2030 Global Agenda
4 17:00-18:00 The Generational Landscape of Our Profession: Looking to the Future

Wednesday 14 September

5 9:00-10:00 Mapping the Plastic
6 10.00-11:00 Technology and Visualisation for the Future

Monday 12 September - 9:00-10:00

Keynote session 1: Geospatial Excellence for a Better Living - Digitalisation and Modern Surveying and Cadastre in a Post-Covid19 Era

The activities of GUGIK during the pandemic

Ms. Ewa Surma, Director in Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography (GUGIK), Poland

Ewa Surma is Master of Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, postgraduate studies GIS: Jagiellonian University in Cracow, University of Salzburg. Working experience with INSPIRE implementing rules (metadata, interoperability of spatial data sets and services, data and service sharing). Expert experience of Geospatial data management and analysis. Experience of working internationally. Involved with projects throughout the State of Massachusetts and boundary research, planning and zoning information for projects in many town and counties. At present works as a Director of the Strategy, International Cooperation and Public Information department of Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography.  

During the pandemic Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography (GUGiK) was very active on working on opening the data from the Central Geodetic and Cartographic Resource and also on digitization geodesy and easy access to data. All users can download open data without any limitations. All works concentrated on legislation and amendment of Geodetic and Cartographic Law and connected 14 regulations. The amendment of the Geodetic and Cartographic Law this is also 14 regulations that were issued within one year. Hear more about how GUGiK has worked on the digitalization process, changes made during these past two years and their experience today.

Digital Transformation and the role of Land Administrations - FAO, FIG and UNECE/WPLA joint publications

Ms. Rumyana Tonchovska, Senior Land Administration Officer, FAO of the UN

Rumyana Tonchovska is a Senior Land Administration-Information Technology Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), based in Rome. She has practical experience in 26 countries across Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa in design, development and implementation of large scale, complex information systems for land tenure, indirect taxation and building Spatial Data Infrastructure. Rumyana is leading various innovations to support countries to make better use of the available data and technologies.

Starting from the digital disruptions triggered by the Covid19 pandemic, the e-book on Digital Transformation and the future role of Land Administration  examines the state-of-play and future directions for digital transformation in land administration in the UN-ECE region and beyond. Complementary to the e-book, a Knowledge for Investment Brief: Sustainable Digital Transformation of Land Administration has been prepared, which provide a guidance to the land administration authorities and decision makers on how to develop their action plans and investment plans for their journey toward digital transformation. The publications are jointly prepared by the FAO, FIG and the UNECE/WPLA and went through a series of consultations.

Looking ahead, land administration organizations can build from the momentum of the recent Covid19 pandemic success stories. They must re-evaluate current action and investment plans for digital transformation and further opportunities for acceleration.

Better living after Covid – the surveyor point of view

Prof. Paweł Hanus AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Paweł Hanus prof. AGH - a specialist in cadastre, real estate management and spatial planning; academic professor in the Department of Integrated Geodesy and Cartography at the AGH University of Science and Technology; member of the Geodesy Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the National Geodetic and Cartographic Council and the Association of Polish Geodesists; National Delegate of Commission 8 of the FIG - Spatial Planning and Development; author and co-author of over 100 articles and monographs, both professional and scientific; academic teacher and former vice-Dean of the Faculty of Mining Geodesy and Environmental Engineering at the AGH University of Science and Technology.

The time of the Covid pandemic was a time of challenge and change for all of us, including surveyors. And while the changes in surveying in Poland were not entirely related to the pandemic, the pandemic certainly sped up to them. From the point of view of the contractor of geodetic works, the most important changes during this period include the introduction of digital technical documentation of geodetic works, the acceleration of the change in the method of servicing surveyors to the Internet service, and the transfer of geodetic documentation from the analogue to digital form. These actions resulted in significant, mostly positive, changes in carrying out geodetic work. This presentation provides some details of these changes.

Monday 12 September - 10:00-11:00

Keynote session 2: Urban Rural Partnership

Urban Rural Partnership - It's a matter of territorial justice !

Prof. Holger Magel - FIG Honorary President  and TUM Emeritus of Excellence

Prof. Holger Magel (1944) holds Dipl.Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degrees of TU Munich and has passed the civil service examination. He was Director General of Rural Service in Bavaria and Full Professor and Director of TUM Institute for Geodesy, GIS and Landmanagement. He was Founder and Director of the international Masterprogramme Land Management and Land Tenure in urban and rural areas. From 2009-2013  he was member of the advisory board „Territorial development“ of the german government and from  2014-2018 he was Member oft the parliamentary Commission of Inquiry „Equivalent Living conditions in whole Bavaria“ . After more than 30 years of Vicepresidency and Presidency (1983-2019) he is now Honorary President of the Bavarian Academy of Rural Areas.

Urban Rural Partnership is more urgent than ever in the light of ongoing or even increasing urban rural divide – around the world but even in rich countries like Bavaria, Suisse and Austria. Why does this still happen despite a lot of wonderful papers and  promising policies? An urban rural  battle for financial resources is threatening! In times of climate crisis and loss of biodiversity on the  one side and ongoing digitization and growing remote working and communication chances on the other side it is time to start a new urban rural partnership in the urban surroundings but also in the hinterland.

The GLTN Approach to Urban Rural Partnership

Mr Robert Lewis-Lettington - UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network

Robert Lewis-Lettington is Chief of the Land, Housing and Shelter Section at UN-Habitat. He is also Secretary to the drafting committees of UN-Habitat’s governing bodies and UN-Habitat representative to the Human Rights Council and human rights treaty bodies. Robert is a lawyer by training and has worked in both public and private international law for more than twenty years. Robert’s principal areas of expertise are international institutions and processes, human rights and humanitarian law, environmental law, science and technology law and urban development. Robert is also an experienced programme and project manager having worked in most geographic regions and a number of countries. Robert also plays the bagpipes badly.

FIG’s previous commitments in the Marrakech Declaration in 2003 / 2004 remain as valid today as they were then. The need for comprehensive land policies, reflecting a priority on spatial and economic integration, and the importance of considering governance, infrastructure and local capacity within these are central elements in what Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Partners have recently also described as Urban-Rural Land Linkages (URLLs). National land administrations generally are, and should remain, unified with common methods and standards for land administration. At the same time, we need to recognise and appropriately manage the particular situations and priorities that arise in rural, urban and peri-urban locations. GLTN’s defining issue – achieving security of tenure for all – is a concern in all of these locations in all corners of the globe, regardless of development status or income level.

Tuesday 13 September 2022 - 16:00-17:00

Keynote session 3: Land Governance in support of the 2030 Global Agenda

The global sense of urgency and the pressure on land have showed an increase of the relevance of surveying and geo-information towards the achievement of the SDG's. Land governance is about the policies, processes and institutions by which land, property and natural resources are managed. Therefore, land governance plays a key role in achieving the SDGs where more than half of the goals are directly land related. In this regard, the global surveying profession holds an important position as the custodians of the people to land relationship. This session will unfold the concept of responsible land governance and the importance of including all land, people and land rights at a countrywide scale. Further, the session will align the concepts with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how FIG supports the SDGs. The agenda provides us a roadmap towards a more sustainable world. Providing leadership as FIG, as professional and as a citizen on the SDGs will be of great added value. This session sets the scene how you can actively contribute to volunteering for the future for our profession, society and our planet at the same time.

Understanding the Role of Responsible Land Governance and Secure Land Rights in Support of the 2030 Global Agenda

Prof. Stig Enemark – FIG Honorary President and Professor Emeritus of Land management at Aalborg University, Denmark

Stig holds a M.Sc. in Surveying, Planning, and Land Management (1966) and worked as a licensed surveyor in private practice for 12 years. He joined Aalborg University 1982 and served as Head of School of Surveying and Planning for 15 years. He is Past President and Honorary Member of the Danish Association of Chartered Surveyors. He is a well-known international expert and consultant in the areas of land administration, land management and spatial planning, and the related issues of education and capacity development. He has published books, reports and more than 400 articles and conference papers, and he has undertaken a range of land related consultancies in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Land governance covers all activities associated with the management of land and natural resources that are required to fulfil political and social objectives and achieve sustainable development. This relates specifically to the legal and institutional frameworks for the land sector. The operational component of the land management concept is the range of land administration functions that include the areas of land tenure, land value, land use, and land development. These functions are essential to ensure control and management of the people to land relationship and the economic and social outcomes emerging from it.

This presentation analyses the global agenda in relation to the land governance component and, thereby, provides an overall understanding of the role of responsible land governance in support of the SDGs and the wider global agenda. The presentation emphasises the importance of providing secure land rights at scale as a basis for developing an efficient land market, effective land use management and, more generally, economic development and social stability. It is argued that the global land community has a key role to play in this regard.

Taking action to transform our world into a more sustainable environment

Ms. Paula Dijkstra, Director a.i. of Kadaster International / Chair Task Force on FIG and the Sustainable Development Goals

As Director a.i. of Kadaster International Paula is responsible for the coordination of Kadaster’s international activities and international cooperation projects. Kadaster International provides worldwide advisory services in the domain of land administration, e-governance, geo-information services and SDI. Paula is working for the international department since 2011. She obtained a Master degree in Social Geography and a grade in cadastral data acquisition and 3D modelling. In addition to the above Paula was co-conference director for the e-Working Week of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) hosted by the Netherlands and originally planned in 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19). She is also chair of the FIG taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as Working Group 7.2 on Fit For Purpose Land Administration Implementation.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides us the road towards a sustainable world. We are now in the decade of action. There is a sense of urgency. We are the generation to end extreme poverty and to address climate change, injustice and gender inequality. We all have to take action, individually, collectively, locally and globally.

The global sense of urgency and the pressure on land have showed an increase of the relevance of surveying and geo-information towards the achievement of the SDG's. Providing leadership as FIG, as professional and as a citizen on the SDGs will be of great added value.

This session sets the scene how you can actively contribute to volunteering for the future for our profession, society and our planet at the same time.

Tuesday 13 September 2022 - 17:00-18:00

Keynote session 4: The Generational Landscape of Our Profession: Looking to the Future


Wednesday 14 September 2022 - 09:00-10:00

Keynote session 5: Mapping the Plastic

The effects of plastic pollution on the Earth’s oceans are well documented, potentially catastrophic and increasing exponentially year on year. UN estimates suggest that >75% of all the plastic produced since 1950 has since become waste. The UN Environment Programme has calculated that each year more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans. Eighty per cent of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic and, without action, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish, by weight. This is an intolerable problem that needs immediate and far-reaching action to remedy.  The surveying and spatial science profession agrees that this must stop.

FIG Working Group 4.3 - Mapping the Plastic - a combined initiative of the FIG Young Surveyors Network and Commission 4 (Hydrographic Surveying), in conjunction with the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and the University of Banja Luca (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and with assistance from Trimble has developed a world leading methodology to accurately extract floating plastic data (as small as 1.0 cm in length) from multi-spectral UAV images using artificial intelligence deep learning algorithms. Learn more about this exciting, ground breaking process will enable the accurate mapping and classification of floating plastic in near real time.

Ms Gordana Jakovlejvic, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy Bosnia and Herzegowina

Gordana Jakovlejvic  is interested in the development of automated processing procedures for remote sensing data, which are designed to extract information in real-time or near-real-time, Gordana is focused on the research that could include remote sensing derived data in decision-making processes and implementation of policies including Sustainable Development Goals or EU Directives.  Her work interests are, but not limited to, deep learning, monitoring the status of aquatic environments, mapping floating plastics, and smart agriculture. She successfully finished her Ph.D. studies in remote sensing and GIS in 2020 at the University of Novi Sad and currently working as an Assistant professor at the University of Banja Luka in the Department of Geodesy. She published a dozen of papers at scientific conferences and journals.

Mr Simon Ironside, New Zealand

Simon is a New Zealand surveyor with considerable experience at both ends of the surveying spectrum. He is Licensed Cadastral Surveyor and a Level 1 Certified Hydrographic Surveyor. He works for Land Information New Zealand’s Property Rights Group, which is responsible for delivering New Zealand’s survey and title system as a Cadastral Surveyor, overseeing the validation and approval of cadastral survey datasets. His hydrographic surveying experience has been gained primarily in the industrial offshore sector. He worked in the North Sea oil and gas industry from 1980 until his return to New Zealand in 1991 and was involved in many offshore exploration and production projects as a hydrographic surveyor.  
The period of the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes and their aftermath, while challenging personally, was probably the highlight of Simon’s professional career. The scale of the problems caused by the differential ground movement throughout Christchurch presented surveyors with complex problems that had not been encountered before, which was both challenging and exciting.   Outside of work Simon enjoys gardening, entertaining, outdoor activities and travel. He also spends time giving back to the surveying profession. He is a Fellow of Survey and Spatial New Zealand and serves on the leadership team of the S+SNZ Hydrography Professional Stream. Simon was Co-Conference Director and Chair of the Local Organising Committee responsible for hosting the successful 2016 FIG Working Week held in Christchurch. He is a foundation member of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia and serves on the SSSI Hydrography Commission national committee.
Simon has represented S+SNZ on FIG Commission 4 (Hydrography) for many years and currently chairs the joint FIG Commission 4 and FIG Young Surveyors Network Working Group 4.3 - Mapping the Plastic, about which we will hear more during this congress.

Wednesday 14 September 2022 - 10:00-11:00

Keynote session 6: Technology and Visualisation for the Future

This session focuses on the future technologies of geospatial data visualization and its role for surveyors and the role of GNSS measurements in future. This session is the last keynote session and will give you food for thought for the future.

The Changing Role of the Surveyor in the Metaverse

Mr Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble USA

During my career at Trimble I have had direct P&L leadership of > 1 B US US$ for our construction sector that included responsibility for the strategy, sales, R&D, financial management, and the merger & acquisitions for the business. During the past 26+ years, I have also been fortunate to have had P&L responsibility for our Geospatial, Transportation and Logistics, and Agriculture Sectors. In addition to Worldwide P&L initiatives, I have had responsibility for our corporate marketing initiatives and the localization and company wide sales in Africa, Japan, China, and India. I was also the founding board member of our Nikon, Caterpillar, and Hilti joint ventures. For me, relationships and strong partnerships are key to helping our customers and industry evolve
Today, my focus is to continue to be instrumental in influencing and mentoring our next generation of Trimble leaders, and with them, build upon the power of One Trimble so we continue to put our customer first and deliver our mission - Transforming the Way the World Works.

For centuries, the surveyor has been the backbone of various industries. The surveyor has also been the early adopter of GNSS, scanning, LIDAR, and 3D modeling and have applied these technologies to digital land information, construction, mining, GIS, and BIM. As we enter the Metaverse , we as surveyors will continue be the custodian that develops and links elements, or digital twins, throughout the ecosystem. As a profession, measurement and analysis will continue to be a core part of our role, but we must also further our knowledge in edge computing , visualization, and digital twins so we can position ourselves as the project manager of the Metaverse

Trends in the development of spatial data visualization methods

Prof. Robert Olszewski Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Robert Olszewski deals with the modeling of spatial information, or more precisely, extraction and acquisition of spatial information using artificial intelligence methods, as well as the subject of smart city, cartographic generalization, geostatistics, gamification and social geoparticipation. The results of many years of his scientific work have been published in several monographs and more than one hundred articles. He has also implemented dozens of research grants. Since 2011 a Professor at the Department of Geodesy and Cartography Warsaw University of Technology, since 2015 Head of the Chair of Cartography. A graduate of the TOP 500 Innovators program, a participant of training in commercialization of research at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Member of the Rector's team of innovative forms of education - INFOX, conducts interdisciplinary project classes for students of Warsaw University of Technology using Design Thinking methodology. He works with business and government and self-government in the implementation of R&D projects and commercialization of interdisciplinary research in the field of geoinformation, computational intelligence, spatial data services, social geoparticipation, gamification, smart city, and spatial data mining.